Baytown Dentist Dr. Dean Hutto Can Help You with Bruxism
Bruxism, an unconscious grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw during the day or night, occurs in up to one third of the population. While the grinding and clenching typically occurs when the individual is asleep, some people may also do it during the day without even realizing it is happening.
All people respond to stress, worry and tension in their lives in different ways. A large number of people, and more women than men, have specific types of unconscious behaviors that can be signs of stress and tension. Dr. Dean Hutto can help you to relieve the pain, discomfort and muscle aches commonly associated with bruxism. With a lightweight, comfortable night guard device that you wear at night or during the day you can protect your teeth and eliminate the health risks associated with this condition.
Health Issues with Bruxism
While significant tooth wear is an obvious health issue with constant grinding and clenching, there are some other very serious side effects and conditions that can occur. This may not initially be seen as related to dental health, and often the root cause, the bruxism, is not accurate identified.
Conditions commonly associated with untreated bruxism include TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, eating disorders, depression, extreme pain and stiffness of the neck and jaw, migraines and insomnia. These conditions can become progressively worse if not treated, often resulting in a decreased ability to enjoy your life without constant pain.
How Dr. Hutto Can Help
While many patients find some relief from using massage and stretching of the muscles of the face and neck, stress and anxiety management techniques, applications of ice and heat or even changing your eating habits, often much more significant intervention is required.
Dr. Hutto, with years of experience in helping Baytown dental patients with bruxism, can fit a special nightguard, which may also be called a splint, which you can wear in your mouth to prevent grinding of the teeth or clenching. These guards help to prevent damage to the teeth and also to alleviate the pain and discomfort of the grinding and clenching.
For an exam or to talk to Dr. Hutto about your concerns with symptoms of bruxism or TMJ give us a call at (832) 514-3922.